A meaningful way to involve children and their families in a special Good Friday tradition is to host a Children’s Journey to the Cross. This is a specially adapted Stations of the Cross in which children and their families participate together. The children learn about Jesus dying for us on the cross and what it means to be a follower of Christ. To help the children fully understand the journey, we include the fifteenth station, “Christ has risen.”
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Here is a reflection, action and prayer to use with your students and their families to honor Holy Week. Continue reading "Honoring Holy Week" »
Each class period during Lent, invite your learners into a brief examination of conscience. And then have each student tie a short piece of violet yarn or ribbon to the cross as a symbol of their repentance. For the first class after Easter, drape a white piece of cloth across the beam of the cross and explain that Jesus dies for our sins and how his joyous Resurrection is our promise of eternal life.
by Jeanne Heiberg
This Lent, let the Lord’s Prayer guide you and your students into a deeper relationship with the Source of All Life as you invite God’s Kingdom of Heaven into your minds and hearts and the whole world.
Use the following outline with your students to make the Lord’s Prayer your Lenten guide. Discuss and pray each line. Then make collages that express each line, working with one line each week. Or, toward the end of Lent, take one class period to make the collages, letting each child visually express a different line to form the prayer together as a class.
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In today’s high-tech world, our students stay connected with their classmates and peers using umpteen gizmos and gadgets: cell phones, smart phones, social networking options, and online applications. Any effort to introduce religious education with this medium has the potential of exciting students and keeping them engaged. In the fifth-grade religious education class of Queen of Peace in Queens, New York, we have successfully used the technology and would like to share this so that any instructor could use this time-tested and successful model.
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by Veronica Glenn
A Lent-Easter wreath can help students
pray through Lent—the same way an Advent
wreath helps students pray through Advent—
and celebrate Easter.
The wreath has violet, rose, and red triangles,
and tree twigs on one side for Lent and bright
spring-colored blooms on the reverse side
by Jeanne Heiberg
We are called to be salt of the earth. We are sent to be Christ’s light in the world. This salt craft activity and Salt and Light Prayer helps students understand that praying, fasting, and giving alms are like salt to their faith. Their faith grows strong and they become “salt of the earth” and one of Jesus' bright lights in
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I learned in my first year as a catechist (nine years ago) that my fifth-grade students didn’t
seem to come into the room that first class after Easter with much joy. So I devised a
lesson that I now present during that class that helps them be joyful and share the Good News!
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